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Ask and Tell

Gay and Lesbian Veterans Speak Out

Steve Estes (author)

ISBN: 9780807859551

Publication Date: Feb 2009

Format: Paperback

The official silence mandated by the 1993 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy continued a collective amnesia about the patriotic service and courageous sacrifices of homosexual troops. This book recovers these lost voices, offering a chronicle of the history of gay and lesbian service in the US military from World War II to the Iraq War.
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This is from the beaches of Normandy to the streets of Baghdad. The official silence mandated by the 1993 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy continued a collective amnesia about the patriotic service and courageous sacrifices of homosexual troops. "Ask and Tell" recovers these lost voices, offering a rich chronicle of the history of gay and lesbian service in the U.S. military from World War II to the Iraq War.Drawing on more than 50 interviews with gay and lesbian veterans, Steve Estes charts the evolution of policy toward homosexuals in the military over the past 65 years, uncovering the ways that silence about sexuality and military service has affected the identities of gay veterans. These veteran voices - harrowing, heroic, and on the record - reveal the extraordinary stories of ordinary Americans, men and women who simply did their duty and served their country in the face of homophobia, prejudice, and enemy fire.
Language English
Pages 296
Dimensions 235 x 156
Date Published 28 Feb 2009
Publisher The University of North Carolina Press
Subject/s Social & cultural history   Gay & Lesbian studies   Military history  
Steve Estes is associate professor of history at Sonoma State University. He is author of I AM a Man!: Race, Manhood, and the Civil Rights Movement (from the University of North Carolina Press).

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